English as Second Language (ESL)
The Webster University Thailand ESL Program aims to provide students with the core language competencies needed to achieve academic success throughout coursework at Webster Thailand. Throughout the duration of the program, students will engage themselves in order to refine and practice the five basic English language skills of writing, reading, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Students will also be given the opportunity to further develop key lexis/vocabulary for specific purposes, phonology/pronunciation, grammar, and the usage of English as a Second or Foreign Language.
Graduate ESL Policy
Graduate students who do not meet the language proficiency requirements for admittance into the regular degree program at Webster University Thailand (550 on the TOEFL Paper Based Test or IETLS 6.5 or its equivalent) will be given the opportunity to take ESL classes with the possibility of taking additional graduate level courses for credit depending on their placement in the program. Based on any prior score on an English proficiency examination, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, students will be placed into one of the following two categories.
Pre-ESL: Students who are conditionally admitted with a TOEFL score ranging from 450 – 499 or IETLS 5.0 may opt to take ESLG 1000 only (no graduate level course work) for no credit. Students in this range must bring their final end-of-term TOEFL score up to 500 before they are permitted to take an additional graduate level course with permission from their program coordinator and/or head of department. Graduate students with an entrance TOEFL score of 449 or below will not be permitted to take an ESLG course.
ESL Level 1000: Students who are conditionally admitted with a TOEFL score ranging from 500 – 524 or IELTS 5.5 must take an English preparatory course, ESLG 1000, for no credit while taking one regular course selected by the department and with approval of the program coordinator and/or head of department for credit,
ESL Level 2000: Students who are conditionally admitted with a TOEFL score ranging from 525 – 549 or IETLS 6.0 must take an English preparatory course, ESLG 2000, for no credit while taking two regular courses selected by the department and with approval of the program coordinator and/or head of department for credit.
Both ESLG 1000 and ESLG 2000 require students to meet three times per week for three hours each day for a total of 9 hours per week. At the end of each semester, students will be given an official TOEFL ITP examination to assist in determining their progression throughout the program. The intensive nature of these courses is designed to ensure that students’ progress through the program in as little as one semester. For a detailed explanation of the policy please see the Graduate ESL Policy.
The goals and expected outcomes of the ESL Program are to:
- Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills/strategies for successful comprehension;
- Read for a variety of different purposes and adjust reading strategies accordingly;
- Build academic vocabulary and practice organization of the paragraph and academic essay;
- Learn forms and functions of grammatical features appropriate to writing tasks.